The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford

front_cover_secret_tree-330At first, Minty’s life seems like so much fun: Summer is just starting, her best friend Paz lives next door, and all the kids play together in the woods near Minty’s house. However, things aren’t perfect for Minty: Paz is suddenly making new friends and leaving Misty alone more and more often. She doesn’t even want to practice for roller derby anymore. One day, while Minty is walking by herself in the woods, she comes upon a tree with a hollowed out trunk. Sticking out of the hollow is a small slip of paper. A message. It reads: “I put a curse on my enemy. And it’s working.”

What? Who wrote this message and why did he/she leave it the hollow of a tree?

As the days pass, Minty finds more messages. They are all written in different handwriting, and they all contain secrets: “Nobody loves me except my goldfish,” “I’m betraying my best friend in a terrible way, “I wish I had the guts to run away.”

Minty is fascinated. She knows all the people who live in her neighborhood, every single person in every house surrounding the woods. She decides that she just HAS to figure out who wrote which messages. Could one of the writers be her friend Paz? Luckily, she has Raymond, the new boy in town, to help with her investigations. And before the summer ends, Misty will have her own secret to put in the tree.

I loved this book. I love this author, too. She also wrote “How to Say Goodbye in Robot,” which is just plain awesome.

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2 Comments

  1. byrdonbooks said,

    January 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Sounds wonderful for a summer reading list!

  2. byrdonbooks said,

    January 31, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Reblogged this on byrdonbooks and commented:
    Sounds like a great read….


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